Since 1953, Wyoming has partnered with and benefited from WICHE through regional collaboration, resource-sharing, sound public policy, and innovation.

WICHE Commissioners

*indicates Executive Committee member

Fred Baldwin *

Senator, Wyoming State Legislature

Kim Dale

President, Western Wyoming Community College Rock Springs

David Jones

Dean, College of Health Sciences, University of Wyoming

Legislative Advisory Committee

Fred Baldwin *

Senator, Wyoming State Legislature

Mark Kinner

Representative, Wyoming State Legislature

Sue Wilson

Representative, Wyoming State Legislature

WICHE…

Provides strong return on investment

 

 

  • 1,108 Wyoming residents saved $6 million in 2019-20 through the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) and the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). These WICHE programs provide significant student savings on nonresident tuition at 170+ Western U.S. public colleges and universities.
  • In 2019-20, WICHE Student Access Programs provided Wyoming a 351 percent return on investment, relative to the state’s annual WICHE dues.
  • Wyoming students and their families have saved $140.8 million since the state began participating in WUE.
  • The Master Property Program (MPP) helps institutions reduce their insurance premiums and improve their coverage. The MPP includes more than 170 campuses with total insured values of over $100 billion.

Helps Wyoming attract students from other states

WICHE maps highlighting Wyoming student migration
WICHE maps highlighting Wyoming student migration
  • WUE and WRGP tuition 1,852 students this year to invest their tuition dollars in Wyoming.

Bolsters Wyoming’s health workforce

  • Through the Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP), students from Wyoming can enroll in participating programs in another state while receiving substantial tuition support. Currently, Wyoming supports students in the fields of dentistry, allopathic medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathic medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatry, and veterinary medicine.
  • The Wyoming Department of Health, Behavioral Health Division, contracted with WICHE’s Behavioral Health Program (BHP) to conduct a statewide needs assessment. This project includes an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the public behavioral health care system as well as assessing the existing State of Wyoming data infrastructure.
  • WICHE, partnering with the University of North Dakota, administers the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC). The Mountain Plains MHTTC serves the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming by establishing a collaborative network that strengthens the capacity of different systems, organizations, and treatment practitioners involved in the delivery of mental health services.

Helps Wyoming allocate resources efficiently with data and policy analysis

  • WICHE offers various data and policy resources to support better-informed decision-making. WICHE’s research projects and collaborations cover postsecondary completion, closing attainment gaps, adult learners, and multistate data-sharing to support educational planning and workforce development.
  • WICHE staff serve as expert resources and provide technical assistance on finance, financial aid, articulation and transfer, strategic planning, student demographics, and more.
  • Our website features Benchmarks, an interactive dashboard featuring the most recent data available on the West’s progress in improving access to, success in, and the financing of higher education, as well as other useful resources.
  • WICHE’s quadrennial Knocking at the College Door report is regarded as the foremost U.S. resource for projections of college-ready students. An abundance of information can be found on the Knocking website, including publications, reports, projections data, interactive data dashboards, recorded webinars, presentations, and Wyoming’s state profile.

Fosters idea sharing

  • WICHE’s Legislative Advisory Committee provides valuable insights on trends and promising practices to Wyoming’s legislative leaders as they build partnerships with leaders in other Western states.
  • One Wyoming institution is a members of the Western Academic Leadership Forum (the Forum), a consortium of academic officers at bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral institutions and chief executives and academic officers for systems and state governing boards. The Wyoming member is the University of Wyoming. Kate Miller, University of Wyoming, serves on the Forum executive committee. Academic leaders at community colleges (cc) and technical schools and at systems and state governing and coordinating boards associated with two-year institutions are members of the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders (the Alliance). The three Wyoming members of the Alliance are Eastern Wyoming College, Laramie County Community College, and Western Wyoming Community College. Kari Brown-Herbst, Laramie County Community College, serves on the executive committee of the Alliance. Both the Forum and the Alliance exchange ideas and information, share resources and expertise, and collaborate on regional initiatives.
  • The University of Wyoming is a member of WCET, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, the leader in the practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. WCET’s growing membership includes almost 400 institutions, higher education agencies and systems, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and corporations in all U.S. states and several Canadian provinces. Through its Frontiers blog, convenings, and active online discussions, WCET keeps members informed of the latest in policy change, regulations, and trends in educational technology. WCET also offers a host of resources related to educational technology and faculty support including advice and guidance for institutions on how to transition their face-to-face offerings to emergency online alternatives and how to increase quality in these courses over time.
  • The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a voluntary, state-led initiative designed to establish comparable standards for U.S. states and territories regulating postsecondary distance education. SARA expands access to postsecondary educational opportunities, while ensuring meaningful consumer protections for students and reducing regulatory red tape for institutions. WICHE is responsible for coordinating the membership of SARA states in the West through the WICHE State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (W-SARA). See nc-sara.org/directory for a list of member institutions.
  • The State Authorization Network (SAN) provides institutional support in managing state regulations related to online courses and programs. Wyoming’s members are: Casper College, Central Wyoming College, Eastern Wyoming College, Laramie County Community College, Northern Wyoming Community College District, Northwest College, University of Wyoming, and Western Wyoming Community College.
  • At the outset of the recent outbreak of COVID-19, WICHE quickly reacted, shifted to remote work, and continues to advance our mission. WICHE is facilitating peer-to-peer videoconferences for higher education leaders to connect and identify solutions to common challenges, to follow legislation passed in response to the crisis, and to identify emergency funding for students and higher education institutions. The WICHE BHP is hosting webinars that offer guidance to support the mental well-being of their students, and WCET is providing updates and resources to help institutions address issues that arise due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit WICHE’s COVID-19 resources page for up-to-date information.
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WUE Savings Finder

WRGP Savings Finder

Search among hundreds of undergraduate degrees offered at the WUE rate of 150 percent of resident tuition (or less) by over 160 public colleges and universities across the West. Find the school and program that fits your geographic and educational goals.

Search hundreds of public master’s, graduate certificate, and doctoral options offered through WRGP and pay up to 150 percent of the enrolling university’s resident tuition no matter which of the WICHE states and  territories you reside in. Find the university and program that fits your educational and career goals.

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